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Grateful Dead Live at The Music Box on 1969-02-04


Topics Live concert


Good Morning Little Schoolgirl, Morning Dew, Dark Star > St. Stephen > The Eleven > Death Don't Have No Mercy, Cryptical Envelopment > drums > The Other One > Alligator > drums > Caution (Do Not Stop On Tracks) > Feedback > And We Bid You Good Night


Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue The Music Box
Location Omaha, NE

Source Soundboard
Lineage SBD > CM > C > D > CD > EAC > shntool > mkwACT > SHN (seekable)
Taped by
Transferred by Steve Barbella

Notes

According to Deadlists, (per Eaton) missing "And We Bid You Good Night".

Reviews

Reviewer: Mr. Insight - - February 5, 2015
Subject: Alligator Warning
If you listen carefully, with about :42 seconds left in The Other One, right before the final verses, you can hear someone (Jerry?) shout "Alligator." Clearly they got the message because the transition is seamless. Fun stuff 46 years ago today.
Reviewer: chris phillips - - August 19, 2013
Subject: so you know
The time allotted for Caution includes the Alligator jam which is excellent, as is the Caution itself.
1/25, 1/26 and 2/4 are amazing predecessors of the Fillmore shows.
Reviewer: wilkinson949 - - April 7, 2013
Subject: Download please
Awesome show! Most likely because I was born on this very day. Where can I download this show? Kinda sentimental.
Reviewer: njpg - - April 17, 2011
Subject: Maybe the greatest Caution I've ever heard
The whole ending jam is fantastic, but Wow, Caution never impressed me this much. Great night!
Reviewer: Pangolin22 - - February 4, 2011
Subject: Joy from Nebraska
A great show and a new discovery for me!I really didn't mind the sound quality - I've heard a lot worse for sure.

Strong show all around but the excellent Morning Dew and Eleven->Death Don't stand out for me. After listening to a string of '68 shows, it's amazing to hear how far Dark Star had come in a year and this rendition is excellent with some fascinating passages.

Thanks for posting!
Reviewer: clementinescaboose - - November 12, 2010
Subject: Please don't pass by this winter HEAT!
I would not call this soundboard degraded either. The muddiness is there, but certainly this is not much worse than a number of these Jan./Feb. shows, so you should not pass this up if you're a nut about early '69 like me. More importantly, almost all of these shows are absolute face-stealers, this being no exception.

The first set is very nice, and things get going pretty quickly with a raunchy GMLSG. The Dark Star>St. Steven>Eleven, though, is where things get serious. The DS is on the short side, but they really did pack a lot into these versions; just listen to Garcia’s wonderful use of dynamics here as the jam flows effortlessly between the 1st and 2nd verses. The Eleven is no slouch either, containing some hot jamming throughout.

They take things up a notch in the second set, with an exciting version of the Other One that features an extended intro jam for this time period. While not quite as riveting or cohesive as the performance on Feb. 7th, this one does reach some amazing peaks. Instead of going into the cryptical reprise, they decide to do an unusual segue right into Alligator. Despite Bobby calling out the change, there is a bit of a miscue by Garcia at the start. But they more than make up for it with an Alligator>Caution jam that is intensely beautiful. For those who suggest that Garcia was still not a consummate musician, check out the gorgeous work he does leading into Caution, it may just blow your mind.

Caution does sort of get 'stuck' at the start, but things lock back together quickly with yet another great jam session. Feedback is, well, there’s just nothing like it. Careful how many you drop around this one…

If you’re mojo’s not going by the end of this show, lay off the tranquilizers dude!
Reviewer: NYLifer - - February 4, 2010
Subject: Primal
As soon as the band starts complaining about being there, it becomes face melting
Reviewer: dead72 - - February 5, 2009
Subject: 2/4 and 2/5
Great companion show to the next night in KC. The Music Box was a great small club in Omaha, held maybe 500 people.
Reviewer: hampton87 - - February 4, 2009
Subject: sweet
i don't mind the hissing, just sounds like i'm listening to a tape which brings back some nice memories.
Reviewer: Shropy Dop - - November 23, 2008
Subject: spectacular
good morning little school girl,
can i come home with you,
tell your mama your papa im a little school boy too 'pig's the man
Reviewer: bvh93 - - September 24, 2007
Subject: great show
a smokin schoolgirl to start the show off followed by some great guitar work by jerry in morning dew. beautiful dark star. a nice st stephen into a fun eleven. an insane other one into a short alligator into a nice drums. can tell mickey and billy were enjoying this one.
Reviewer: VA slim - - October 3, 2005
Subject: ...~3.5 stars.
yes, this is well worth your time.
Respectfully, i would not call this SBD "degraded".
A general muddiness, and a slight hiss are present, most likely owing to the cass. generation in the lineage.
Though overall to my ear the mix is even w/ all parts accounted for, including the organ down deep and in the back. Other errors besides the missing "bid you goodnight", include the end of "death don't" being cut.

If you are into this era of the dead, i would recommend not skipping over this show so quickly,
and give this recording a good listen before you dismiss it based on the quality of the sound.

on my ten point scale
(relative to the rest of the era) i give this a 7.
(~3.0 for quality, ~4.0 for performance)

PS. -the "schoolgirl" is sssssSMokin'!
Reviewer: capn doubledose - - December 12, 2004
Subject: this is very hot
while the sound quality is marginal this show is smoking
Reviewer: phleshy - - May 24, 2004
Subject: Beware, degraded SBD.
This was a great, if not spectacular '69 Dead show.
However, the quality is very fuzzy for a SBD, and there are some parts where the drums are almost completely lost in the mix. The tape also runs fast (Dark Star is in Bb instead of A), cuts in on Schoolgirl,and runs out during Feedback. Decent show for completists.
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